Under Alabama law, you have a right to vote if:
For more than a century before August 2017, Alabama's county officials decided which felonies disqualified voters.
This meant that every county in Alabama had different standards on who got to vote. This relic of the Jim Crow era disproportionately affected people of color and the poor, effectively silencing the voices of over 280,000 Alabamians.
By passing the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act (HB 282) in 2017, Alabama finally clarified which felonies, state or federal, will not disqualify Alabamians from voting and started the process on restoring the right to vote to tens of thousands of people. Those Alabamians can now register to vote; even if they were previously told they could not.
Tens of thousands of additional Alabamians may be eligible to restore their right to vote through a simple application to the state. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people enfranchised by the new law do not know about the law and their newly restored voting rights, in large part because the state of Alabama and its Secretary of State John Merrill have not engaged in a widespread public education campaign to correct the misinformation spread prior to the passage of the new law.
The Alabama Voting Rights Projects hopes to convey a simple message across the state: a felony conviction does not always mean you lose your right to vote.
Tens of thousands of additional Alabamians may be eligible to restore their right to vote through a simple application to the state. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people enfranchised by the new law do not know about the law and their newly restored voting rights.
Voters in Alabama are now required to present photo identification at the polls or to enclose a copy of their identification in their absentee ballot application.
The following valid forms of ID are acceptable:
If you do not possess one of these forms of ID, you are eligible to receive a free voter ID.
To get a free voter ID you must go in person to your local Board of Registrars, the Secretary of State's office in Montgomery, or to one of the roving mobile units. Click here to see their schedule.